Bank Independent releases final School Share 2022 donation results

NORTH ALABAMA (WHNT) — Deliveries are underway by Bank Independent volunteers to organizations benefiting from their annual school supply campaign.

“This is one of the most exciting years,” said DeMarco McClain, Independent Chairman of Huntsville City Bank. “We are always excited to be able to contribute to the communities in which we operate and to partner with our local communities.”

According to the bank, $16,773.88 was collected in monetary donations and 19,167 supplies were donated in total this year. Anything donated in a particular area goes to the organization based there.

Limestone County DHR received $2,487.67 and 1,874 supplies.

Franklin County DHR received $2,137.66 and 699 supplies.

Lawrence County DHR received $3,394.70 and 3,140 supplies.

Safe Sydneys! Foundation (Florence) received $3,844.09 and 7,793 supplies.

The Church Cooperation Committee (Decatur) received $2,342.66 and 2,782 supplies.

Free 2 Teach (Madison County) received $2,567.10 and 2,879 supplies.

The economic impact was approximately $55,108.88, and officials estimate the 9-year total for School Share to be well over $200,000.

Free 2 Teach executive director Alison Kling said readers like this are extremely important.

“They don’t just provide supplies, pencils and crayons. They bring smiles to children’s faces and joy to classrooms in our community. It’s so exciting,” she told News 19.

She added that receiving donations now couldn’t come at a better time. As the late-summer shopping season is already proving to be busy, with teachers feeling the pinch of inflation.

“We have been open for about two weeks now. We’ve already donated $205,000 in supplies,” Kling said. “It’s easier to check your bank statements and support your own family when you know, as a teacher in your community, that these basics are covered for children and families in our public schools.

Those from Bank Independ who have volunteered for this year’s school share say they are happy to help.

“We’re very passionate about education at the bank, and just being able to help these kids and get them the school supplies they need so they’re not late when they get to class on the first day,” the bank’s independent community engagement manager said. said Hallie Mauldin. “It’s truly amazing when the community comes together to give back to something so great.”

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